Marigold Eleanor Fields is the fourth of the five Fields sisters, and has always felt like she didn't quite fit in. She is tall and thin where they are petite and pretty, and though she would like to marry she has had little attention from the men – even from the many soldiers at nearby Fort Huachuca in the Arizona Territory.
Things seem to be looking up when Marigold finds herself being courted by handsome young Sgt. Kevin Shepherd. But though he seems to like her, she begins to suspect that he may only be using a friendship with her to get to her beautiful and charming younger sister, Violet Anne.
Marigold begins to feel a little desperate and decides to resort to somewhat desperate measures in order to keep the attentions of Sgt. Shepherd. But she may go too far in trying to make herself something she is not.